Radio News for Friday and the Weekend of January 30th 2009

Radio Headlines:

Quick Commentary:

So Emmis Communications Chairman & CEO Jeff Smulyan believes that impending weather conditions are a clincher for cell phone manufacturers to build radio into cell phones. Nice idea. Too bad most radio markets these days don’t have the local talent on the air to let the listeners know about said impending weather. It’s the tail wagging the dog. Good luck with the nationally syndicated host or voice tracker telling the folks in Duluth about the twister on the way.

Radio News US:

Business & Financial

Programming, Changes & Ratings

News & PR

OP/ED, Political & Feature

FCC & Legal

Public, Educational & Religious

Streaming & Tech

Radio News International:





Radio & Records

  • Salem Employees Take Pay Cut. Five percent for all, execs cut 10%
  • La Kalle/Chicago Goes Oldies
  • Cutbacks At RCA/Jive
  • Downsizing Hits Greater Media/Boston
  • Laboe To Receive PPB Diamond Circle Award
  • MMTC Adds Tate, Coley As Directors
  • Stock Market Snapshot: Jan. 29, 2009
  • Smulyan: It’s The Right Time For Cell Phones With FM Receivers
  • Broadcasters Spent $5.2 Million On 2008 Lobbying
  • Tisch Grabs Nearly 60K Saga Shares At $1 Each
  • R&R’s Farber To Be Honored With Trailblazers Award
  • New Katz Online Network Affiliate Tops December Webcast Metrics
  • Sony Music Sales Drop 22%
  • Melba Moore To Serenade Golden Mike Recipients
  • TRN-FM Re-feeds Mancow, Adds Stations
  • KOIT Beats KGO In S.F. Holiday PPM
  • Katz Advantage Adds New Offices
  • KTMY/Salt Lake Take On ‘La Preciosa’

All Access

  • Saga Down After Reverse Stock Split
  • ESPN Plans Job Cuts
  • Unemployed Must Stay Positive According To NCBI
  • Arb Holiday 2008 PPM Client Briefing Set For Today
  • CBS Launches Moneywatch.com
  • Airplay Direct Ups Kreher To COO
  • Station Sales In Washington State
  • Ron Chapman Released From Dallas Hospital
  • R.I. Attorney General Approves WRNI Sale
  • Freddie Bueno Exits KZZO
  • Jacobs Media Wants Job Seekers To Be ‘Ready To Rock’
  • WSB’s Slade On Mend From Broken Leg
  • Malmberg Fills In At KSTP
  • Minnesota Public Radio Shifts Saturday Schedule
  • WRBQ Adds Tom Kent Seven Days
  • WIP Host Angelo Cataldi’s Father-In-Law Dies
  • Charlotte’s On The Web

Radio Ink

  • Smulyan Reiterates Call For FM In Cellphones
  • Salem Cuts Pay Across The Board
  • WDYT/Charlotte Goes Dark
  • TRN Adds Mancow Refeed
  • WJZZ/Atlanta Flips To Urban AC
  • McDowell: Fairness Doctrine Has History Of Abuse
  • Copps Appointed Defense Commissioner
  • Copps: Restructuring Can Be Left To New Chairman
  • Katz Opens Network Advantage Offices
  • Hyundai Expands Commitment To HD
  • PPM In-Tab Dips Over The Holidays
  • Democrats Launch Anti-Rush Petition
  • Furth Named Acting FCC Bureau Chief


  • Severe Storms Build Case For Radio In Cell Phones
  • Copps Tells McDowell To Wait On Changes
  • Katz Advantage opens three new offices
  • Zune revenues sink
  • Cox to test bandwith-throttling system
  • YouTube users caught in WMG fight

Inside Radio

  • Radio’s Super Bowl countdown is on.
  • Dan Vallie: Christmas debate over.
  • Sign of the times: Sacrifice and gratitude.
  • Even ESPN’s growth engines are slowing.
  • Greater Media trims sales, programming staff.
  • Pirate also causing static for Arbitron.
  • Fairness Doctrine no laughing matter.
  • Copps: Leave change to successor.
  • CBS launches MoneyWatch.com.

Radio Business Report

  • Democrats launch petition against Limbaugh
  • Radio only refuge in a storm
  • No WorldSpace sale today
  • TRN-FM offers new re-feed of Mancow
  • Hyundai to sponsor Super Bowl Kick-Off Show
  • Charlotte Talker WDYT goes dark
  • Everett broadcaster wins appeal on AM towers
  • Young Broadcasting ends Nasdaq trading
  • Saga sets reverse split for Thursday trading
  • Radio involvement in DTV awareness requested
  • Now doing promotion for Rush Limbaugh:

Radio Online

  • Salem Communications Institutes Company-Wide Pay Cut
  • Emmis CEO Smulyan Calls for FM Tuners in Cell Phones
  • Dana Marshall Out as PD of WBOS (Radio 92.9)/Boston
  • Pirate Radio Listening Prompts Orlando Book Reissue
  • Maneor, Mahoney Expand CC/Albuquerque PD Duties
  • Lindow exits WSJR-FM/Wilkes Barre Over Budget Issues
  • TRN-FM Offers Re-feed of Mancow’s Morning Program
  • Katz’s Network Advantage Opens Three Regional Offices
  • MIW Radio Group, RAB to Unveil Trailblazer’s Award
  • KMXB-FM (Mix 94.1)/Las Vegas morning hosts Mark & Mercedes are set to syndicate their show to CBS Radio co-owned Hot AC KZZO-FM

NTS Aircheck

  • A “Stealth” Fairness Doctrine Possible
  • Talk Media News Notes
  • Green, Sykes Re-Up At WTMJ


  • News – Boney At KJLH Los Angeles
  • Arbitron – PPM New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit
  • Arbitron – Charleston SC
  • News – Letter: McDowell suggests acting FCC chairman OK agency review
  • News – Greensboro NC’s WMKS 105.7 KISS FM And Ruben Studdard

All About Country

  • Arbitron’s Fall Books Continue To Roll Out
  • Mark Lindow Leaves JR93.7/Wilkes Barre
  • Joey+Rory’s Cheater Cheater Gettin’ Cheated Outa Airplay?
  • Clay Henderson Takes SE Region For 1720 Entertainment
  • My Country/SLC Becomes La Presiosa
  • Merle Haggard Says, ‘Where’s The Songs?’
  • Dierks Bentley’s Feel That Fire Now At MySpaceMusic
  • NAB Crystal Radio Award Entries Due Tuesday
  • GRAMMY® Awards Celebration Heats Up
  • Read AAC’s Featured Articles Yet?
  • Toby Keith Launches TK Steelman
  • Take A Look At Taylor…
  • Faith Hill Is Super Bowl Bound